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lizziebelle: (crow)
We didn't quite get the 12+" that were forecast, but we still got a respectable amount of snow today. Hard to tell with all the blowing and drifting, but it looked like at least 8". I know they got more out in the western part of the state (see [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume's latest post). It took me a good hour to shovel off the deck, stairs, and around my car. :::oof:::

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At least I didn't have to drive in it. My employers let everyone work from home today. I've never done that before. It was a little strange doing my job in my living room, but it was so nice not to worry about driving in the snow or missing a day of work. We use Slack (a chat app), and it was fun reading everyone's updates throughout the day. I especially enjoyed peoples' lazy pet photos that they posted.

It's been a weird winter. Pretty mild, by New England standards, but February is always the worst month, weather-wise. Yesterday, it was in the high forties after starting out coated in ice. Quite the rollercoaster. It's true what they say about the weather here: if you don't like it, just wait five minutes.

When the weather gets like this, it feels like spring is a million years away. Especially after getting a tease of it, like we did this week. It doesn't help that I see pictures of snowdrops and daffodils from friends in warmer climes. It's not that I hate winter; I just wish it didn't last so long.
lizziebelle: (moon)
After the weirdly warm days earlier in the week, we had a surprise! snowstorm on Friday. It wasn't in the forecast until later in the day on Thursday. It didn't even start until around six yesterday morning, but by the time I left for work, there was already a couple of inches and it was starting to stick to the roads. Which hadn't been plowed yet. It was a hairy drive into work, but I had to admit it did look pretty. This is what it looked like when I got to the office:

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It continued to snow, heavily at times, all morning and into the afternoon. By the time I got out at 3:30 (I get out early most Fridays), it had tapered off, leaving several inches of heavy, wet snow to clean off my car. As I was doing so, the parking lot plow driver came by and plowed out as much as he could from behind my car, and then got out of the truck and shoveled the rest. What an awesome plow driver.

The roads were in much better shape by then, so the drive home was less scary. Honestly, my biggest worry was how I was going to get into my driveway. Fortunately, there wasn't too big of a plow hump, but since there was a car right behind me, I couldn't back in so I just plowed in, slid to a stop, and there I stayed.

Of course, then I had to shovel off the stairs to get to my apartment.snow pictures! )

My downstairs neighbors, who volunteered and are much younger than I am, used the snowblower to clear out the end of the driveway. I didn't feel guilty at all for not helping. I should bake them some cookies or something, though. *g*

They're saying we might get more snow early next week. I hope it's not as much as this storm, though. I really don't want a repeat of last year, with storm after storm dumping so much snow we ran out of places to put it all.

But for today, I'm going to enjoy the spectacle. It sure is pretty.
lizziebelle: (george)
The big storm never quite made it this far north, for a change. We got maybe 2" of snow, which is fine by me. I'm liking this winter much better than the last one. We had feet instead of inches this time last year. Friends & family to the south got hit this time. Sorry guys, but better you than me! ;)

It was already starting to get dark by the time it started snowing, so I didn't get out to take pictures of it. I have plans with a friend downtown today, so I think I'll walk there and see what I can capture. It looks pretty from here.

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I think I'll wait until the sun is good and high before I go out to shovel off the deck & steps, and clear off the car. For now, I am happy to be snug here in my little apartment.
lizziebelle: (crow)
I've been watching the birds flit about in the shrubbery out back this morning, and I managed to catch a couple with my camera. Here is a dark-eyed junco, ID'd with the Merlin app on my iphone.



I highly recommend the app; it was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is really easy to use. You choose the size of the bird, major colors, and where you are, and it presents you with several birds it could be. It's worked perfectly for me every time I've tried it. It's probably US only, though.

It's so nice to see the sunshine today. Too bad it's not warm enough to melt some of the tons of snow we have. We've gotten more than 70" in the past 30 days. I'm 68" tall. For you Europeans, that's 173cm. Yeah. It's getting downright dangerous to make a left-hand turn these days, with snowbanks more than ten feet high on the corners.

At least it's pretty.

lizziebelle: (fox)


I've been posting flower pictures over on Tumblr for the past couple of days, because my world is covered in white stuff. I thought I'd spread the wealth a bit over here, too. Enjoy!

aftermath

Jan. 28th, 2015 04:33 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)
The total snowfall in my town, according to NOAA, was 36". We hit the jackpot. Nearby Worcester set a record for most snow from a single storm. It took me over an hour to dig out my car today.



That huge hump on the right was my car before I cleared it off.

I was saving the deck for tomorrow, because I was just done after the car, but my landlord just shoveled it off for me, bless him.

This is one of those times when I wish I had a bathtub. Must settle for a hot shower instead. And Advil.

ETA: Here is the car after I cleared her off:

snowzilla

Jan. 27th, 2015 08:59 am
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)


We got a bit of snow overnight. It's hard to tell how much, because it's blowing & drifting, but there's well over a foot so far, and still coming down. I am so not looking forward to digging out. The state is pretty much closed down; I hear we're not even getting mail delivery today.

I hope those of you in the path of this storm are safe & warm, and those of you who are not, count your blessings!
lizziebelle: (crow)


We had a little snow overnight, which turned to slush today when the temperature rose above freezing. And then it got foggy. After clearing off my deck, stairs, and car, I walked down to the park hoping to get some nice photos of the bridge in the fog. I'm happy that I succeeded. It's such a pretty little bridge, and it looked so lovely in the fog. So worth sloshing around in the slush, ducking under branches, and getting as close to the water as I dared.

better day

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:17 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)


This morning started out with surprise snow. Not the latest snow I've ever seen here, but still. It was nearly 80 degrees just the other day! I wasn't happy about having to scrape ice & snow from my windshield.

But the sun came out, and melted all the snow eventually. And I saw my first dandelion of the year.



And plans were made for visiting NYC in May. So the day ended much better than it began.
lizziebelle: (crow)

beach day, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yesterday was a lovely reprieve from the cold and snow we've had so much of lately. I took a walk around Gates Pond, where these folks were taking in the sunshine on the beach. It got into the fifties, and felt almost springlike.

Today? It's snowing. *sigh*

lizziebelle: (crow)

the world is white, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

We had some unexpected snow this weekend. When I watched the forecast yesterday morning, they were calling for maybe an inch of wet snow. A couple hours later, huge flakes started falling (and sticking). I moved my car to the front of the driveway just in case, and took a walk over to the river to take snow pictures. By the time I got back, we had over an inch already. By late in the afternoon, we had over 4" and it was still coming down. I cleared off the deck, stairs, and car, and went back up for some hot chocolate. When the plow guy got here, I went back down to move my car for him, and hoped we wouldn't get much more.

This morning, it started snowing again. We got maybe another inch before the sky cleared and the sun came out. It was gorgeous! I walked down to the park, where a couple kids were sledding down the hill there. Everything sparkled in the sunshine.

I didn't really mind the snow this time, because I didn't have anywhere I had to go. I was able to get out walking, and it wasn't a huge chore to shovel. If only all our snow events were so convenient.

I'm glad we have tomorrow off, so I can get my errands done. And tonight is the premiere of Sherlock series three! I'm ever so excited. I've managed to stay relatively spoiler-free.

A year ago today, I was in New York, getting my tattoo. Hard to believe that was a whole year ago!

lizziebelle: (crow)

Frost on my window, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was kind of hoping we'd get a snow day today, but alas, we only got a delayed opening. So I had to go out in the dark and dig out this morning, and of course the snow plow guy came *after* I took my shower so I had wet hair and couldn't go out and move my car for him. Oh, well. At least I can get out.

We didn't get as much snow here in Metro West as they'd forecast, maybe 6", but there are places north of Boston that got more than 2 feet. The coast is expecting flooding at high tide midday today. So I am counting my blessings, even though it's bitterly cold. It could have been a lot worse, and it is for some people.

One of my favorite DJs, Rita on The River, played Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Couldn't Stand the Weather" for me this morning. I requested it on Facebook (she asks for requests every week for her Friday morning show), thinking it would be most appropriate, and it was. :::brrrrr::::

The snow is winding down now, and the sun is making a bright spot in the white sky. By Sunday, it's supposed to be in the 40's and raining. It really is true what they say about weather in New England: if you don't like it, wait a minute.

lizziebelle: (george)
We had our first big snowstorm this weekend. I'm not sure of the exact amount, but it looked like about 8" give or take. Fortunately I had nowhere I had to be, so I stayed snug at home for the duration.

Immediately after digging out this morning, the sidewalk plow left a huge hump right in front of my car. After thawing out with a cup of hot chocolate, I went back out to shovel it, but it proved to be too much for that so I just shoveled over a bit and moved the car.

I had remembered to get my Yule tree and ornaments out of the basement before the door got buried in snow, so this afternoon I put it up. I really haven't been in much of a holiday mood, but it's nice to see my old ornaments again. I have some fun ones, including a few Star Trek Hallmark ornaments. I lost two glass ornaments; one broke in storage, and the other I knocked off the tree with my elbow. Oops.

I don't make a big deal out of Christmas/Yule anymore, but it's nice to have the tree up. We've already passed the earliest sunset of the year, and in a couple weeks the days will start getting longer again. Light will triumph over darkness once again. That's definitely worth celebrating.
lizziebelle: (sherlock)
While friends in southern California report temps above 100 degrees, here in New England we have a frost warning for tonight, and relatives and friends in central and western NY are reporting snow. In the middle of May. While not unheard of, it's quite unusual.

I can't remember the last time we had a "normal" weather year. The past few years have been increasingly abnormal. The other day, there was a tornado one town over from my mother. Not as big or destructive as the one we had a couple years ago out in western MA, but still. Not something you see often in this part of the country.

It makes me wonder what this summer will bring.
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

stunning, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was hoping the weather forecast for yesterday would be wrong. Well, it was, but in the other direction. Instead of 12+ inches, we got 20+ inches of snow. Heavy, wet snow.

I had to dig my way down the stairs and out of the driveway in the morning, and back up the stairs when I got home. I had to clean off the car twice, because it snowed all morning and into the afternoon. The roads were still in lousy shape into last night.

At least I had a good day at work. They bought us breakfast at the café, and got pizza for lunch. And I had a sale from a customer I'd been working on for a while. So it was worth digging out for. Around 3:30, my boss came back and said everyone else had left, so we could go home if we wanted to. You didn't have to ask me twice!

Our awesome handyman cleared the driveway with the snowblower. I made him hot chocolate when he finished.

We were rewarded with a spectacular sunset at the end of the day. And it's supposed to be in the forties and fifties for a few days, so much of this will melt. Equinox is just a couple of weeks away. Spring will get here eventually. And the sun is out. So things could be worse.

But still. Enough with the snow!

Too much. )

Still here!

Feb. 9th, 2013 10:27 am
lizziebelle: (Default)

It's hard to tell if it's still snowing, or just blowing around. It looks like we did get the projected 1-2', but with all the drifting, it's really hard to measure. It was knee-deep at the bottom of my stairs, and I'm pretty tall.

I finally got up the ambition to go out and shovel off the deck (actually, just a pathway through it) and stairs. I'm saving the car for after lunch, but my downstairs neighbor's friend plowed out the end of our driveway, so that's not quite as daunting as it would've been.

And of course, I took pictures.

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We haven't lost power, thank goodness. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Unfortunately, though, my laptop seems to have bitten the dust. Even though it was a Windows machine, it still makes me sad. It's gotten me through the past year, especially as my Mac was in storage for most of that time. Thank goodness for my iPad. I don't know what I'd do without my Lulabelle. The Mac is so old, I can't use the latest versions of anything. I hate how quickly things become obsolete; it's really not all that old, but in computer years it's a dinosaur.

Anyhoo, I don't have the funds for a MacBook, which is what I really want. I may have to break down and buy an inexpensive laptop at BJ's, because I really do need something. I'll keep looking on Craigslist for a used MacBook, but so far they've all been out of my reach, and I've heard that buying a used laptop is a crapshoot anyway.

Sigh.

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lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
Everyone in these parts has been freaking out over the impending storm that's coming our way. It's all anyone's been talking about for a couple of days. I haven't been too worried, mainly because I don't live far from the office, and I have plenty of food in the house. Our office is closing at 11 tomorrow, but since I have a 5-minute commute I don't feel like it would be a wasted trip. Several people who live farther away have taken the morning off, and some are complaining that "they don't care about us" because they're making us come in. Well, nobody's making anyone do anything, and the forecast is for the snow not to start in earnest until late afternoon. I'm not getting all worked up over this. The only thing I did differently than I would have otherwise is to buy some propane canisters in case we lose power, so I can cook on my camp stove and run my lantern for heat if I have to. But I'm not too worried. They've been wrong before. Actually, I think they've been wrong more often than they've been right. I think they're making a big deal out of it because a) that's what they do, everything is sensationalized these days, and 2) everyone was caught off-guard 35 years ago in the Blizzard of '78, and they don't want to repeat that. Which is why everyone rushes to the store and buys bread & milk whenever there's even a hint of snow in the forecast.

I have a whole list of things I can do while the storm rages, and it could even be fun. As long as we don't lose power.

Good luck to everyone in the area! I hope everyone gets home safely tomorrow.

Snow!

Jan. 16th, 2013 07:16 pm
lizziebelle: (sherlock)

Three amigos, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

We got a few inches of snow this morning, turning our part of the world into a winter wonderland. It changed over to light rain eventually, but the snow stayed, looking as pretty as ever. I ventured out at lunchtime and took a few shots of it.

This morning, the boss lady said that anyone who got a sale before noon would get a free lunch from the cafe. I got a sale at around 11:40. :)

lizziebelle: (fox)

Captured, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was (relatively) warm today, and the light was gorgeous, so I took a walk along the river. I didn't see another human the whole way, but I did see (and hear) lots of birds, including a robin. I have read that some robins stay over the winter, so it didn't make me too hopeful of an early spring, but it was nice to see a symbol of spring in th snowy woods. I don't think we'll be lucky enough to have as mild a winter as we had last year. I think we've already had more snow than we did all last winter.

lizziebelle: (swan peace)

that's a lotta snow, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This was the view down my steps yesterday, before I shoveled them off. It looked like we got about 8", possibly more. Fortunately, it was the light, fluffy sort of snow and not the concrete-like wet snow we got last week. Still, my back is spasming and my arms are sore after shoveling the steps, the path, and around my car. Owie.

I met some friends for a viewing of the new Hobbit movie. I mostly enjoyed it; it's been long enough since I read it that I didn't notice all the changes. I think Peter Jackson makes beautiful films, and he has a knack for really good casting, but I think he dwells too much on battle/fight scenes, and adds too many bits that don't really further the story. Martin Freeman is just brilliant, he is the perfect Bilbo. And who knew Dwarves could be hot? *g*

Tonight, I'm going over to my friends' place for our traditional New Year's Eve dinner with a small circle of close friends. Since we live in the same town now, I'll be cabbing it home instead of staying overnight. I took today off, and I'm really glad I did because I have a million things to do. I lost a whole day on Saturday due to a 24-hour bug of some sort which left me useless for anything but curling up with herbal tea and reading.

Happy and safe New Year to everyone! May 2013 be the best year yet for us all.

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